ProPublica analyzed federal education data from the 2009-2010 school year to examine whether states provide high-poverty schools equal access to advanced courses and special programs that researchers say will help them later in life. This is the first nationwide picture of exactly which courses are being taken at which schools and districts across the country. More than three-quarters of all public school children are represented. Read our story and our methodology.
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Medfield Senior High
88R SOUTH STREET, MEDFIELD, MASS., 02052 | Grades 9-12
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Medfield Senior High, in Medfield, Massachusetts, is part of the Medfield district. The school reports enrolling 920 students in grades nine through 12, and it has 61 teachers on staff.
Medfield Senior High is below both the state and district averages in terms of the percentage of its students who are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches. On average, 35 percent of students in Massachusetts are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch programs, while 1 percent of Medfield Senior High students are eligible. At the district level, 2 percent are eligible.
ProPublica's analysis found that all too often, states and schools provide poor students fewer educational programs like Advanced Placement, gifted and talented programs, and advanced math and science classes. Studies have linked participation in these programs with better outcomes later in life. Our analysis uses free and reduced-price lunch to estimate poverty at schools. We based our findings on the most comprehensive data set of access to advanced classes and special programs in U.S. public schools — known as the Civil Rights Data Set— released by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.
Medfield Senior High offers 12 AP courses, and 34 percent of students participate in those classes.
The school's pass rate for AP exams is the same as the district's, both at 87 percent.
A school's AP pass rate is determined by the number of students who both sat for AP exams and passed some or all of those exams.
Medfield Senior High has an enrollment rate of 42 percent for advanced math classes, and 28 percent of students take chemistry. The enrollment rate for physics at the school is 28 percent.
Health & Human Services High School, in Lawrence, Mass., is a higher-poverty school than Medfield Senior High, with 89 percent of its students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. The school offers five AP courses, and 12 percent of students are enrolled in those courses.
These data points were reported by schools and districts to the Office for Civil Rights. For more information about the data, see our full methodology.
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